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OCWC On Instagram and Twitter!

You’re thinking it’s about time, eh? Along with Facebook, you can find us on Instagram and Twitter

Come outside for Pick Up the Parks April 17

Do you have cabin fever? Come join us for Monroe County’s “Pick Up the Parks” at Oatka Creek Park in Scottsville Meet at Oatka Creek Lodge Event runs from 9AM to 12NOON Plan to arrive around 8:45AM for site briefing and assignments Wear weather appropriate clothes Work gloves are recommended Bring water or snacks as […]

Thanksgiving Report

From the desk of our Chairman, Peter Lent November 30, 2020 Thanksgiving Update  and a Request for a Donation Hello everyone. I thought around Thanksgiving would be a good time to give you an update on the activities we have been involved in this year and our future plans. Considering the concerns with the transmission […]


New York State’s ban on single use plastic bags that went into effect in March, will begin to be enforced starting on October 19, 2020. Be sure to be prepared for shopping with your own resusable bags! For more information see NYDEC’s website: Bag Waste Reduction Law

More Tree Planting!

NO PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE NEEDED! Saturday, June 6, 2020 Indian Allen Park Town of Wheatland The Oatka Creek Watershed Committee has been asked by the Monroe County Soil & Water Conservation District to plant 500 trees within the next 3 weeks in areas where ash trees have been decimated by Emerald Ash Borer. We are planting […]

Thank You Oatka Creek Park Planting Volunteers!

We had great weather this morning and a wonderful, efficient bunch of volunteers to replant areas near the fish habitat project in Oatka Creek Park in Scottsville. Over 25 people spent the morning in the sunshine digging and planting. People from Penfield, Cal-Mum friends, members from Trout Unlimited, Genesee River Watch & The Boy Scouts, […]

Tree Planting Volunteers Needed

NO PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE NEEDED! MAY 30 and JUNE 6, 2020 We need to plant 500 trees soon and could use help! The Oatka Creek Watershed Committee has been asked by the Monroe County Soil & Water Conservation District to plant 500 trees within the next 4 weeks. We plan to plant the trees in two […]

OCWC Zoom Meeting May 18

Our next Oatka Creek Watershed Committee will be Monday evening, May 18, via Zoom conferencing software (it worked out pretty well for us in April!). All interested folks can attend! All you need is a smart phone or computer, and a download of Zoom software/app. If you are interested in participating, contact Pete for meeting […]

U.S. Supreme Court Rules Permits Required under Clean Water Act Includes “functional equivalent” of Direct Discharge

In a 6 -3 decision, the Court ruled that discharge that moves through ground water requires a permit. See this article for a summary.

Meeting Changes

In support of New York State’s health guidelines on COVID-19, The OCWC will be holding our monthly meetings on-line using Zoom conferencing software. The meetings are still open to the public. Anyone who wishes to participate should download the free Zoom software/app and contact Pete at: so he can send you an invitation to […]